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hehe I gave you an applaud for not smiting me for saying that usually when I say that i get flayed.

here is one of mine done in photomatix and then more post in Photoshop too.
I dont like all my older HDR stuff these days

what I dont like about photomatix is every single shot gets "that" look especially when any foliage is involved at all and it goes nuts on the HSL of the image too which is really hard to reign in.

Its hard to explain but everything gets that dreamy softness to it which is why I say that photomatix is going to make the camera sensor sharpness irrelevent It makes a hassleblad look like it was shot with a rebel and thats the truth. I have been searching for the cleanest way to do HDR for ages and tony kuyper seems to me to have a really nice method which is more labour intensive for sure but give the image a more crafted finish.

When I first got into HDR I tried to mimik trey ratcilff now I try and get as far from that look as possible (I still think he is great and love reading what he writes about all sorts of stuff I just feel that photomatix actually limits how creative you can actually be with the HDR genre

Lenses / Re: Lens Recommendations - Crop (7D) to Full Frame (5dMk3)?
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:29:18 PM »
Since you said you like wide, here's a funny little thing that I think most full-frame users ignore: the Tokina 11-16mm, which is nominally an EF-S lens, can be used as a f2.8 16mm prime on full frame, and costs between $450 and $650 street.  If you look at the competition, there's nothing out there even close in IQ at that price.  It fits on just fine and clears the mirror without issue.

really? does it still work at 11 too?
i'm really interested to see pics at different lengths taken on a 5D2
so the lens actually has an EF mount bayonet then? because normal canon EF-S lenses wont even lock into the EF mount

In regard to DigitalRev, I am pretty sure that anything over $1000, GST and Duty still apply.  The question is whether the item gets checked at customs?

Its a lottery, might get checked and it might not

Lenses / Re: I'm in a lens pickle
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:45:23 PM »
that range is so small your feet can cover it with ease no problem at all i suggest geting a 50mm f1.4 first and just using that it will force you to move around and you will start discvering shooting angles and compositions you will just miss if you rely on a zoom. Zooms are good dont get me wrong but using primes force you to move around and this is brilliant for creativity.

I don't mean to be rude but photomatix is hands down the easiest way to kill any image quality from any camera
softness and noise? it introduces it in spades. (I have used photomatix alot and I cant stand the output anymore the tone mapping is just plain horrible)

If you are a fan of HDR and want to retain all of that lovely sharp raw IQ look at this method, still shoot the bracket sets but its more a manual form of controlling the tonal ranges rather than the wholesale slaughter that comes out of the cookie cutter software

but as for photomatix goes if you put D800 or 5Dmk3 files through it either will be ruined so which camera and lens is sharper becomes a moot point.

Lenses / Re: I'm in a lens pickle
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:24:28 PM »
So I have my 5d mark iii on pre-order and i also threw a 16-35L 2.8 onto the order. I already have a 24-105L 4is from my mark ii purchase in 2008. I am looking to spend $2000 on lenses for the new camera so do i return the 16-35? sell the 24-105? keep them both? i guess if i sold the 24-105 i would have $2800 to work with on building my glass artillery. I am basically just an all around photographer who does a significant amount of video work as well. would prefer to stick with canon L lenses. any advice would be great!

personally the 3 lenses I take when I travel are the 16-35 f2.8 the 50mm f1.4 and the 70-200 f2.8
this combo covers everything, I also take a kenko 1.4 TC in case i want extra reach
If you sold the 24-105 you could get the 50f1.4 and the 70-200 f2.8 IS II

I like the 24-105 but I love the other lenses

Technical Support / Re: Manual Focusing screen replacement?
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:40:10 PM »
changing the focus screen on the 5Dmk2 is incredably easy it literally takes 2 minutes then new screen comes with the littel tool to do the change.

Lighting / Re: Which Strobe Kit?
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:37:06 PM »
I highly recommend this kit

really good quality and good price
nice and portable too

Lenses / Re: Will these lenses be suitable for the new MkIII
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:29:56 PM »
People not very friendly on this forum, I joined today and already -3 Karma... and I have not even started to flame people.... just tried to help out. Very interesting.
nah we are helpfull dont worry about the neg karma thing after the first few smites the scar tissue build up and it doesnt hurt so much :D

I use these focus racks

I like it because it can be used for macro or in my gigapan

I cant see myself getting any of these new flashes as I'm heavily invested in 580s and the odins do a good job controlling them so I'm not too excited about the new flash

EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon 5D mark III raws
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:15:34 PM »
are you guys able to open the CR2 files?
the jpgs look like they are getting hammered by in camera NR which could be done alot cleaner using something like topaz denoise where you have independent control over shadow midtone and highly Nr as well as individual channels.

I try to buy local for the following reasons
- It supports local businesses who are often small businesses fighting to survive and our retarded governement seem to actively try and destroy small businesses when they are in reality the life blood of our country (dont really want to digress into politics though :) )
- Many of these local camera stores provide sponsorship of prize money vouchers or the like to many local art awards, yes it is promotion of their business but it also helps to give some momentum to developing artists who are most likely also not in the greatest financial position.
- For a body I see there being more potential things to go wrong so prefer having the store close by just in case something goes wrong.
- I wont choose to buy online over local for a small price difference but when the difference is as much as 50%
you have to look at the.

I do like digital rev in particular as an ebay vendor and canon lenses flashes etc that are under $1000 I usually buy from them.
another issue that makes grey market items attractive is the fact that canon only give you 1 year warranty anyway. typically stuff is either DoA and can be sent back straight away and continues to work well past warranty expirey, I find very rarely does something fail after say 9 months if its worked fine from day 1.

Good points for DigitalRev and leederville. Bravo I didn't know about leederville but I hope they ship across the continent... How can they actually get the price so low and the others don't? This is making them good business and very soon mine too! I like the website of leederville.
Any means to get the import product prices to match the strong Aussie are good means. We don't have the dollar at 40 UScents any more! And AFAIK Australia does not produce DSLR... Why do we have to pay GST at all - in New Zealand car imports are GST free because the country doesn't have any car industry.
leederville do ship to major capitals. 1 thing with digital rev. I do rate them highly and service is great, super fast shipping and they have a good warranty. the issue is the cost to ship something back to hong kong it really isnt cheap. it might cost you $100 to send it back for warranty where as to send something like this within aus is only maybe $15 plus if you purchase from leederville its an aus warranty which any canon service dealer will honour within australia.

Gotta give a company like leederville credit for standing up for us consumers to canon who after all are their bread and butter. I would say this price means they are selling at little or no profit on the new stuff just to send a message.

While my wife and I are not quite ready to pull the trigger on the 5DIII, I will certainly be finding out more about Leederville's warranty - if it is backed by any Canon service dealer, that takes most of the risk out of buying a parallel import.  (I don't like the term "grey market".)

One of the considerations is whether or not having a CPS membership makes any sense - but that means that you need to buy each and every item you want covered by CPS from a Canon professional dealer in Australia.  Assuming you buy at least one item of equipment each year, there just seems to be no way that the CPS benefits cover the premium you pay.  Has anyone else looked at the numbers in that respect?

If I look at the gear we still want to get this year (5DIII, 24-70 f/2.8 II, BG-E11, a couple more LP-E6 batteries, maybe a 600-EX RT) and you look at the savings on parallel imports, it just doesn't make sense to buy Canon-imported gear.

I'll be interested to hear of experiences as well once a couple of people have bought from Leederville.

This is my first time dealling with leederville camera however since they are local in perth it's fine as I can go in
they have been in business a long time 27 years i think so not fly by nighters

as for CPS I have been looking into it and half my gear has been purchased overseas and half here so i qualify on local purchases but I would like to have ALL my gear covered its something I need to look into more

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:18:47 PM »
it might dorp $200 before christmas maybe but you wont see any serious price drop until before the mk4 is due

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:15:28 PM »
the 5Dmk2  IS the low priced full frame its here right now

the 7D mk2 will be king of the crops with high FPS dusl digics to satisfy all the sports wildlife shooters that want the reach I really dont think canon will ignore this market, It will have the same AF as the 5dmk3 too and it will cost more and everyone will be sad and unhappy at the price :D

I do think 1 crop body will disappear i'm guessing the xxxxD line and rebels will be the new entry level DSLR with 70D mid way

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